Thursday, December 3, 2009


I just wanted to share with you what I did this year to decorate my front door for the season.

I wanted something different than a wreath this year so I unearthed my old skates from the basement. Which by the way, has moved to many places throughout my life since I have had them as a kid. I remember skating on frozen ponds in the cold cold winters of Wisconsin. my brothers and I would clear off the snow with snow shovels and then we would skate until our toes were numb and our ankles soar. They would play hockey while I would pretend I could skate like Dorothy Hamill.
Sigh----I just love remembering happy times, don't you?
Anyway, I think my skates look pretty darn good on my aqua door nestled in a bed of greens.
Now, every time I come home, I see my skates and I smile!
(I'm not sure what I'll do if I get the urge to skate this winter:)

As you open the front door and step inside my entry you will find my latest creative endeavor. Last week I took a break from making Posie Pockets for a couple hours and whipped up this wreath that I have been wanting to do for a while. I saw a photo in the Pottery Barn catalogue as well as a couple photos in a past Somerset Life publication. I was truly inspired. What a great use of beautiful aged pages from an old book.
I made a ring out of cardboard, then, simply rolled pages and glued them onto the base with hot glue. I did that until it was full to my liking. I then added all the fun little details such as, small doilies, buttons, sheet music, seam binding, a sparkly bauble, vintage French post cards and Christmas cards. Voila! Door---decorated---done!

I have other decorations to share in the next week---everything is done! (except for the new stockings I want to stitch)
Wish my shopping was!

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.


June said...

Oh My Gosh Kelli! Your wreath is amazing. I have seen a few of these, but nothing this beautiful.
And I adore the skates on the door. Your writing brought back so many memories for me. My brothers and sisters and I would also skate on the frozen ponds around our farm and what fun we had. We could harly wait for the go ahead from our dad to let us know it was finally safe enough to skate. Those were the magical things I remember about childhood Winter days. Thank you for taking me back there again.

A Nest With A View said...

That wreath! Gasp!

GardenDesigner said...

super cute! ... Both of them!!!
I did my skates like that, but dipped them in glitter too! LOL
Yep it is freezing here in Wi tonight!
and now I just figured out today my truck has no Heat!
I love seeing your artwork, and am a new fan!
Happy Holidays!


Suz said...

Love your skates, being a Minnesota girl, and what a terrific wreath. You really took it one step further!
Suz, Silver Bella Freshman

Anonymous said...

How I wish I could see them in person. Love them both, I found an old sled out in the garage attic left by the previous owners and did something similar. Ray often talks about your skate outings and encourages the girls to go down to the creek and make the same sorta memories. Miss you.
Love Yvonne:)

gabrielle said...

Kelli!!! Love that wreath! I have done the same with my front door while we lived in an appartment and had one door, since I had one pair of skates! LOL... They both look beautiful! I can not wait to see your other decor! I bet it's beautiful!

meleen dupré said...


your wreath is beautiful!!! better then the ones i've seen in the catalogs!!! and i love the old skates too. After hearing all my husbands stories of growing up skating on a pond, last winer our local pond finally froze enough for my kids to skate on it!!! such great memories!!!


Anonymous said...

Honey, Your wreath is absolutely beautiful and I love the skates on the door!!! It took me back to those special times that I miss so much!
Love you, Mom